The Texas Tornado (15-3-5, 35pts, #2 South) wrapped up this week with a solid 2-0-1 record, including an OT loss and a dominant 3-0 victory over first-place Amarillo over the weekend. A mid-week game against Odessa proved slightly difficult but the Tornado were able to muster a 4-3 SO win to head into the Thanksgiving "break" on a short 2-game win streak.
Texas will be in Odessa on Friday and Saturday for two more games against the Jackalopes as they try and continue their recent play and pick up 2 more wins.
More on the Tornado after the jump...
In a game which featured 18 minor penalties and a game-tying goal by Michael Hoy in the final seconds, the Tornado lost to the Bulls on Friday by an OT score of 4-3. Brooks Behling's hat-trick marker at 1:20 of OT gave Amarillo the victory in the first meeting between the two teams since the Bulls knocked Texas out of the playoffs last season. Mitch McPherson scored his first career NAHL goal while Jack Prince added his 10th of the season, but Hoy's goal with just 4.1 seconds remaining on the clock was the goal that forced OT. Joakim Jutras made 17 saves, but was unable to stop Behling's shot from the right-wing circle in OT.
The Texas Tornado rebounded from Friday's tough OT, scoring a goal in each period to shutout the Amarillo Bulls by a score of 3-0 on Saturday night. Mico Solorzano, Jordan Lovick, and Marc Biggs all tallied goals for the Tornado, who pulled within three points of the Bulls for the lead in the South Division. Joakim Jutras stopped all 23 shots he faced, en route to his second shutout of the season. Before any goals could be scored, however, a post-whistle scuffle escalated into all 10 skaters pairing up and squaring off with one another. When the dust finally settled, the Tornado lost their entire fourth line to game misconducts, with Skyler Spiller, Conner Burton, and Mitch McPherson all sent to the dressing room. Amarillo also lost John Rey and Omar Mullen to game misconducts, while Friday's hero, Brooks Behling, was injured in the scrum and did not return.
On a night when Head Coach Tony Curtale admitted his team did not play its best game, and the Tornado blew a 3-1 lead late in the third, they were able to overcome the late momentum swing, and triumph 4-3 in the shootout. Jack Prince opened the scoring just 38 seconds in to the game. After a fight, Odessa was able to tie the score at 1, where the teams would end the first. Goals by Drew Allen and C.J. Reuschlein gave the Tornado a 3-1 lead early in the third. However, Odessa would not fade away on this night, and were able to tie the game with just over 4 minutes remaining in the frame. A scoreless OT would lend itself to the shootout, where Joakim Jutras would stop all attempts, and a Jack Prince goal would send Texas into the holiday as 4-3 SO winners.
The Tornado will head to Odessa this Friday and Saturday for two more games against the Jackalopes.Both games start at 7:30pm and can be listened to live here.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Texas Tornado!
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